Stark County man arrested on rape charge

Joseph A. Cook (Photo provided by Stark County Sheriff’s Office)

DGKN staff report

TUSCARAWAS TWP.  Stark County sheriff’s deputies in cooperation with the U.S. Marshal Service arrested Joseph A. Cook, 53, of 1764 Ben Fulton Road, North Lawrence.

Cook was arrested May 22 following a lengthy investigation from an incident that was reported on Dec. 26, 2019 in Tuscarawas Township, according to a news release from Stark County Sheriff’s Office. Cook was charged with rape, a first degree felony, and gross sexual imposition, a third-degree felony.

Cook was booked into the Stark County Jail on the related charges. The case remains under investigation by the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information related to this incident should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 330-430-3800 or the Anonymous Crime Tip Line at 330-451-3937.

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